Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer, expert on religious violence, will address the question: "Why has the turn of the twenty-first century been rocked by a new religious rebellion?" From al Qaeda to Christian militias to insurgents in Iraq, a strident new religious activism has seized the imaginations of political rebels around the world. With his new book, Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State, Juergensmeyer provides an up-to-date road map through this complex new religious terrain. Juergensmeyer is the director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies and professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published more than two hundred articles and twenty books. His widely-read Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence was listed by the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best nonfiction books of the year. Dr. Juergensmeyer's lecture is open to the public free of charge. Registration is required. For more information and to register please click here. Presented by the University of Miami Center for the Humanities in collaboration with Books & Books.
Marked by Irvine Welsh's scabrous humor and raw Scottish vernacular, Skagboys (W.W. Norton, $26.95) is the prequel to the best-selling phenomenon Trainspotting, an exhilarating and moving novel that shows how Welsh's colorful miscreants first went wrong. The novel transports us to 1980s Edinburgh, where the Trainspottingcrew is just getting started. Mark Renton has it all: the first in his family to attend university, he has a pretty girlfriend and a great social life. But when economic uncertainties and family problems intervene, Renton succumbs to the defeatism not to mention the drug use that has taken hold in Edinburgh 's tougher quarters. His friends are responding according to personality. Laid off, Spud Murphy is paralyzed in the face of long-term unemployment. Sick Boy, supreme manipulator of the opposite sex, is scamming and hustling for money and drugs. And meanwhile, psycho Franco Begbie is scaring the hell out of everyone. Darkly humorous, Skagboys gives a gritty and gripping portrait of a time, not unlike ours, when money was scarce, unemployment was high, and drugs seemed the answer.